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Understanding Malware: How Cyber-Criminals Launch Their Attacks

May 22, 2019
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The internet is full of bad actors—people with malicious intent out to steal your information and use it in potentially costly ways. A new study by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) suggests the cost of global cyber-crime was $600 billion last year. That is a frightening increase from 2014 when […]

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Tips To Keep You and Your Office Cyber-Safe While Traveling

Aug 31, 2018
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If you own your own business, travel can often be an important part of keeping that business growing. And on top of the business trips that take you away from the office are, hopefully, the well-deserved vacations you need to relax, unwind, recharge and refocus. However, stepping away from the business that you put everything […]

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CloudFlare Bug Potentially Exposes Private Information

Nerds Hosting uses CloudFlare to power certain aspects of our hosting infrastructure, and thus we felt it important to share some thoughts on the CloudFlare bug that was exposed last week. Unfortunately, the bug in question is very technical in nature and hard to explain clearly and concisely. Since many clients may have read something about […]

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Don't let your heart bleed over Heartbleed

It’s a good thing when a technology vulnerability gets enough attention that it is patched quickly and methodically. However, it may also raise undue concern due to its complex nature and variety of headlines that leave us consumers confused and unsure what to do. The context of this article is for you and I as […]

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How The Onion's Google Apps Was Hacked and How to Prevent it From Happening to You

A couple of weeks ago, a satirical online publication, The Onion, had their Google Apps and Twitter account hacked. They could have simply acknowledged the attack and insisted measures were being taken to prevent it from happening again, but they took the time to describe exactly HOW they were hacked and how others can prevent […]

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Identity Theft Tactics – be aware and protect yourself

Identity Theft is a horrible experience to go through. Just ask anyone who has been victimized. It can takes many years to arrive at a full recovery. So it makes sense to be vigilant about being a victor instead of a victim, as author Dianne Ojar-Ali alerts us in her book Mrs. Fraud and You. […]

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Do you have one of the 80 million unsecured routers?

In the midst of all the security alerts you and we receive on a regular basis, this one stands out and you can and should take immediate action. Router manufacturers whose products are affected by the UPnP vulnerabilities include Cisco-owned Linksys, Netgear, Belkin and D-Link, as well as many others. As is reported all over […]

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Peekaboo I See You – how to privatize your Internet cameras

Here is a map of Trendnet Webcams that were/are publicly viewable by anyone in the world with an Internet connection. Hopefully yours isn’t among them! While this story became very public and it’s about the Trendnet Internet cameras specifically, they are not the only brand of products affected. Any and all devices that can be […]

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Easily protect yourself from widget jacking

Do you roam with your laptop? Do you use hotspots or guest wireless networks? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you need to read this. I know what you’re thinking: Another security issue I have to worry about? Everything I’ve done to keep my computer safe still isn’t good enough? Not […]

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The anatomy of a targeted email account hack

“OMG! My email is hacked!” This is a true account of an email hack we’ve just witnessed and helped a client through. It all started with one of our client’s bank account manager calling our client (will call him Bob in this email): Bank: Bob, Happy New Year! We have received an email from your […]

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